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Erik Barnes goes lowest in first round of PGA Tour Canada's The Players Cup

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American Erik Barnes carded an 8-under 63 at Pine Ridge Golf Club in Winnipeg yesterday to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Canada event after the first round of The Players Cup.

The 26-year-old put an exclamation point on his round, knocking his approach to four feet on the 18th hole and converting the birdie to lead by one over fellow playing partner Josh Creel. Barnes is looking to continue his solid play from last week, when he finished fourth at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel.

Barnes made six birdies on the day, including a pair of 40-footers on the second and eighth holes to go along with a chip-in for eagle on the short par-4 13th, where he drove it over the green and holed a delicate pitch down the slope.

Barnes added that he was spurred on by playing partner Creel, who briefly reached 8-under on the day before a closing bogey left him at 7-under 64 on the day in solo second.

Barnes capped his day with a birdie on the 18th, where he drew a flier lie in the rough and hit a 7-iron into the wind from 177 yards, a distance he said he would normally hit a 5- or 6-iron. He knocked it to within four feet and calmly rolled in the birdie for the best round of the day.

MACKENZIE IN THE HUNT FOR A CONSISTENT WEEK

On both PGA Tour Canada and the Web.com Tour, Brock Mackenzie of the U.S. has been close to playing some great golf in 2014. The 32-year-old led after the first round at the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist before finishing T2, and was at one point in solo second during the second round of the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic this year before finishing T68.

The former PGA Tour Canada winner said he’s close to breaking through, and after an opening 65 that put him in solo third, was looking forward to another chance this week in Winnipeg.

Mackenzie’s 65 was the low round of the afternoon, and even he admitted he didn’t see a score of 6-under available in the windy conditions.

HILL SOLID ON DAY ONE

The last time Sarnia’s Matt Hill teed it up at The Players Cup, he was playing some of the best golf of his life, having captured his first PGA Tour Canada win the week before and sitting atop the Order of Merit, where he would go on to finish the 2012 season.

Hill, who finished T8 in 2012, showed that his game remains solid, carding a 4-under 67 to place T6 after day one.

The 2009 Jack Nicklaus Award winner at N.C. State said he holds fond memories of his 2012 appearance, when he would go on to be named PGA Tour Canada Player of the Year.

PGA Tour Canada

Ottawa Golf Examiner Course Directory

(The Ottawa Golf Examiner has reported on these facilities)

Anderson Links Golf and Country Club

4175 Anderson Rd.; Ottawa

613.822.9644, proshop@andersonlinks.com

Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort

981 Barryvale Rd; Calabogie, ON

613.752.2171, proshop@calabogiehighlands.ca

Canadian Golf and Country Club

7800 Golf Club Way; Ashton, ON

613.253.3290 ex. 228, proshop@canadiangolfclub.com

Capital Golf Centre

3798 Bank St.; Ottawa

613.521.2612

Casselview Golf and Country Club

844 Aurele Rd.; Casselman, ON (Hwy. 417 Exit 66)

613.798.4653, golf@casselview.com

Cloverdale Links Golf Course

R.R. No. 1; Winchester, ON (Hwy. 31 Bank Street)

613.774.0076, proshop@cloverdalelinks.com

Chateau Montebello Golf Club

392 Notre Dame; Montebello, QC

1.819.423.4653

Dragonfly Golf Links

955 Opeongo Rd.; Renfrew, ON

1.888.275.3838, proshop@dragonflygolf.com

Emerald Links Golf and Country Club

6357 Emerald Links Dr.; Greely, ON

613.822.4653, proshop@emeraldlinks.com

eQuinelle Golf Club

R.R. No. 4-140 eQuinelle Dr.; Kemptville, ON

613.258.2105, info@equinellegolf.ca

Falcon Ridge Golf Club

4740 High Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.822.6742, steve@falconridgegolf.cca

Gatineau Golf Club

160 rue du Golf; Gatineau (Aylmer), QC

819.557.4411, info@gatineaugolf.com

Glen Lawrence Golf Club

2022 Hwy. 2 East; Kingston, ON

613.545.1021, office@glenlawrence.com

Glen Mar Golf and Country Club

7967 Fernbank Rd.; Ashton, ON

613.257.5181, proshop@glenmar.ca

Greensmere Golf and Country Club

1717 Bear Hill Rd.; Carp, ON

613.839.7772

Hylands Golf Club

2101 Alert Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.521.1842, admin@hylandsgc.com

Innes Road Golfland

3490 Innes Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.824.6580, info@innesgolfland.com

Loch March Golf and Country Club

1755 Old Carp Rd.; Kanata, ON

613.839.5885, greatday@lochmarch.com

Metcalfe Golf Club

1956 8th Line Rd.; Metcalfe, ON

613.821.3673, info@metcalfegolf.com

Mont-Cascades Golf Club

915 chemin Mont-Cascades; Cantley, QC

819.459.2980, golf@montcascades.com

Mountain Creek Golf Course

311 Mountain View Rd.; Arnprior, ON

613.623.8919, info@mountaincreekgolf.com

Nation Golf Club

731 County Rd. 19; Curran, ON

613.673.3333

Outaouais golf Club

301 montee Outaouais; Rockland, ON

613.446.4490, info@golf-outaouais.ca

Pine View Golf Course

1471 Blair Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.746.4653, proshop@pineview.com

Prescott Golf Club

900 Boundary St.; Prescott, ON

613.925.5006, proshop@prescottgolfclub.ca

Renfrew Golf Club

1108 Golf Course Rd.; Renfrew, ON

613.432.2485, 1.888.805.3739

Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course

418 Thousand Islands Pky.; R.R. No. 1 Lansdowne, ON

1.800.268.4536, info@smugglersglen.com

Sunnidell Golf

1945 Sharpe’s Lane; Brockville, ON

613.498.0775, info@sunnidell.com

The Marshes Golf Club

320 Terry Fox Dr.; Kanata, ON

613.271.3530, andrew.donaldson@marshesgolfclub.com

Upper Canada Golf Course

13745 County Rd. 2; Morrisburg, ON

1.800.437.2233, getaway@parks.on.ca

White Sands Golf Course and Practice Centre

1705 St. Joseph Blvd.; Orleans, ON

613.837.4653, info@whitesandsgolf.ca

Whitetail Golf Club

7113 Hwy. 60; Eganville, ON

613.628.3774, info@whitetailgolfclub.ca

Cuba

Varadero Golf Club

Autopista Sur; Varadero, Cuba

+53 (45) 668482, info@varaderogolfclub.com

Nova Scotia

Cabot Links

15933 Central Ave.; Inverness, NS

1.855.652.2268, golf@cabotlinks.com

Highlands Links

247 Keltic Out Rd.; Ingonish Beach, NS

1.800.441.1118, highlands.links@ns.sympatico.ca

Le Portage Golf Club

15580 Cabot Trail Rd.; Cheticamp, NS

1.888618.5558, daved@hotmail.com

The Lakes Golf Club

5101 Hwy. 4; Ben Eoin, NS

902.828.4653, info@thelakesgolfclub.ca

Mont-Tremblant, QC

La Belle Golf Course

100 chemin Champagne; Mont-Tremblant, QC

1.800.567.6744, gouimet@grayrocks.com

La Bete Golf Course

1760 chemin du Golf; Mont-Tremblant, QC

1.800.567.6744, gouimet@grayrocks.com

Le Diable Golf Course

Mont-Tremblant, QC

1.866.783.5634

Le Geant Golf Course

Mont-Tremblant, QC

1.866.783.5634

National Golf Course Owners Association members (Eastern Ontario and Outaouais, Canada)

Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club, Stittsville, ON

Amherstview Golf Course, Amherstview, ON

Archie's Family Golf Centre, Cornwall, ON

Arnprior Golf Course, Braeside, ON

Auberge and Club de Golf Héritage, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, QC

Bancroft Golf Course, Bancroft, ON

Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club, Belleville, ON

Beckwith Golf Club, Smiths Falls, ON

Birtee Golf, Perth, ON

Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, Belleville, ON

Blue Heron Golf Club, Lanark, ON

Briar Fox Golf & Country Club, Marysville, ON

Brockville Country Club, Brockville, ON

Brockville Highland Golf Club, Brockville, ON

Camden Braes Golf & Country Club, Odessa, ON

Camelot Golf & Country Club, Cumberland, ON

Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, Manotick, ON

Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, Kingston, ON

Cedar Glen Golf Course, Williamsburg, ON

Cedarhill Golf & Country Club, Nepean, ON

Champions Nest, Edwards, ON

Château Cartier Golf Course, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Hautes Plaines, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Le Château Montebello, Montebello, QC

Club de Golf Le Sorcier, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Montpellier, Montpellier, QC

Club de Golf Tecumseh, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Touraine, Gatineau, QC

Colonnade Golf and Country Club, Joyceville, ON

Conley Road Driving Range & Mini-Putt, Richmond, ON

Cornwall Golf & Country Club, Cornwall, ON

Deep River Golf Club, Deep River, ON

Eagle Creek Golf Course, Dunrobin, ON

Edelweiss Valley Golf & Country Club, Wakefield, QC

Evergreen Golf Course, Westport, ON

Frankford Municipal Golf Course, Frankford, ON

Gananoque Golf & Country Club, Gananoque, ON

Garrison Golf & Curling Club, Kingston, ON

Glengarry Golf & Country Club, Alexandria, ON

Golf Mont Ste. Marie, Lac Ste-Marie, QC

Golf-O-Max Indoor Golf Centre, Ottawa, ON

GreyHawk Golf Club, Cumberland, ON

Hawkesbury Golf & Curling Club, Hawkesbury, ON

Island Brae Golf Club, Morrison's Island, ON

Kanata Golf & Country Club, Kanata, ON

Kevin Haime Golf Centre, Kanata, ON

Kingston Par 3 Golf Club, Kingston, ON

La Cite Golf Club, Hawkesbury, ON

Larrimac Golf Club, Chelsea, QC

Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club, Lombardy, ON

Loyalist Country Club, Bath, ON

Lyndway Hills Golf Club, Lyndhurst, ON

Madawaska Golf Course, Arnprior, ON

Manderley Golf Club, North Gower, ON

Mapleview Golf and Country Club, Perth, ON

Mattawa Golf & Ski Resort, Mattawa, ON

Mississippi Golf Club, Almonte, ON

Morrisburg Golf Club, Morrisburg, ON

Murray Hills Golf Course, Wooler, ON

NationView Golf Course, South Mountain, ON

Norway Bay Golf Club, Bristol, QC

Oak Hills Golf Club, Stirling, ON

Oaks of Cobden Golf Club, Cobden, ON

Oasis Mini Golf & Driving Range, Limoges, ON

Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, Ottawa, ON

Pakenham Golf & Country Club, Pakenham, ON

Perth Golf Course, Perth, ON

Picton Golf & Country Club, Picton, ON

Pine Lodge Golf Club, Bristol, QC

Poplars Golf Club, Tweed, ON

Prescott Golf Club, Prescott, ON

RA Centre, Ottawa, ON

Richmond Centennial Golf Club, Richmond, ON

Rideau Lakes Golf & Country Club, Westport, ON

Rideau View Country Club, Manotick, ON

Rivendell Golf Club, Verona, ON

Roundel Glen Golf Course, Astra, ON

Sandy Mountain Golf Course, Mountain, ON

Sandy Row Restaurant & Golf Club, South Mountain, ON

Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club, Smith Falls, ON

Stonebridge Golf & Country Club, Ottawa, ON

Summerheights Golf Links, Cornwall, ON

Superdome at Ben Franklin Park, Ottawa, ON

Superdome Sports Centre, Ottawa, ON

The 19th Tee, Ottawa, ON

The Homestead at Wolf Ridge, Killaloe, ON

The Landings Golf and Teaching Centre, Kingston, ON

The Meadows Golf & Country Club, Gloucester, ON

The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Aylmer, QC

Thunderbird Golf Course, Kanata, ON

TMSI Sports Management, Ottawa, ON

Trillium Wood Golf Club, Corbyville, ON

Wellington on the Lake Golf Course, Wellington, ON

Westbrook Golf Club and Driving Range, Kingston, ON

Wolfe Island Riverfront Golf Course, Wolfe Island, ON

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